Focusing on creative leadership and long-term content strategy for the new studio, Graham will spearhead a development slate for original production, working with local and international talent, and will help supervise pre-production teams for both original and client service work.
With a 20-year animation career, Graham’s experience as a storyboard artist, director, animator, producer and storyteller will allow him to supervise the new slate of projects and work with the CG and 2D animation teams in Sydney.
The appointment will add to a resume with career highlights including storyboarding on Emmy Award-winning projects like Nickelodeon’s “Sponge Bob Square Pants,” “Family Guy” and “Invader Zim” as well as directing “The Legend of Korra.” Most recently, he held a role as supervising producer and showrunner on “Glitch Techs,” which will release in 2020.
“We are delighted to be working with Ian in his new role as chief creative director for our LA studio,” says Barbara Stephen, chief executive officer, Flying Bark Productions. “We share Ian’s passion for producing quality animation and working with a diverse mix of creative talent and highly value his experience and commitment to the industry. Flying Bark continues to grow with full-service teams specializing in hand-drawn, traditional 2D animation and CGI production in Sydney, and the new LA studio will help cater to an increased demand for high-end animation services.”
Flying Bark’s Australian head office in Sydney is currently in the process of expansion with a relocation to new premises in Alexandria. The new creator-driven space is due for completion by mid-2020.
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